Aerospace engineering covers the design, construction and science of aircraft and spacecraft. Designed for undergraduate mechanical engineering majors, the aerospace concentration offers students a mechanical engineering degree foundation and specialized training in the aerospace discipline. Coursework will focus on aerospace fundamentals, including fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, controls, materials, propulsion, vector spaces, linear transformations and the fundamentals of probability and statistics. The required courses will provide an introduction to the processing steps required in aerospace development, with a focus on the design, scheduling, budgeting and building of a specified project.
The four-course, 16-credit concentration is available to students with a declared major or minor in Mechanical Engineering. The concentration is noted on students’ official transcripts and will prepare students for careers in aircraft and engine design, avionics, aircraft and spacecraft materials, and safety systems.
It is recommended that students interested in pursuing a Concentration in Aerospace Engineering declare their concentration as early as possible in their degree program in order to facilitate course planning, but in no case later than May 1 of a student’s junior year. Specific courses are required for all Advanced Elective requirements within the Mechanical Engineering degree. In addition, students must complete an experiential project related to Aerospace Engineering.